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Live music returns to Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, with The Specials

After their first ever number one album, Encore, in 2019 ­— 40 years after they exploded on to the music scene and launched the two-tone movement ­— The Specials are back with a new album.

Protest Songs – 1924 -2012 features 12 singular takes on specially chosen protest songs across an almost 100-year span and shows The Specials still care and are still protesting.

They will be performing tracks from the album as well as their back catalogue at Nottingham Motorpoint Arena tonight (September 17) ­— the first act to play at the venue since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Specials (51073908)
The Specials (51073908)

The Specials emerged in the late 1970s as the multi-racial flagship of the two-tone movement, and sang of racism, unemployment and injustice.

In February 2020, Horace, Terry, Lynval and co-producer Nikolaj Torp Larsen began work on a reggae record, the follow-up to Encore. Then covid hit and plans were put on hold. During the first lockdown and following the murder of George Floyd and the waves of protest that grew around the world, Terry suggested that they make a different kind of record as a response to recent events.

The album includes The Mothers of Invention’s Trouble Every Day, Leonard Cohen’s Everybody Knows, Bob Marley’s classic rebel song Get Up, Stand Up, and Talking Heads’ Listening Wind.

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